The Final Countdown
With just a handful of days left before voters return to the polls, Bill de Blasio is still sitting atop a huge lead over Republican rival Joe Lhota.
It doesn’t come as a surprise, but Bill de Blasio is still crushing his rival, Joe Lhota, in the polls.
Mr. de Blasio is leading Mr. Lhota by 44 points–68 to 24 percent–among likely voters, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll released today. Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrión remains far behind, with just 2 percent.
Democrat Bill de Blasio remains far ahead of his Republican challenger, according to the latest poll of the mayor’s race
The presumptive Democratic nominee leads his GOP rival Joe Lhota 66 percent to 25 percent, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll released this afternoon.
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota brushed off brutal early polling numbers that show him badly trailing Bill de Blasio as he campaigned this morning on the Upper East Side.
After an hour of glad-handing, fist pumping, high-fiving little kids–and even a paw shake–Mr. Lhota told reporters that he’s unfazed by the first poll of the general election, which gave him just 22 percent support to Mr. de Blasio’s 65 percent.
“Look, I have always known right from the beginning that I was going to be the underdog,” the former deputy mayor said outside the 77th Street/Lexington Avenue subway station, rejecting the notion that the gulf was too wide to bridge. “Nothing’s insurmountable … you’ll see my numbers rise. I have no doubt about it.”
Election Day: 2013apalooza
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made her final pitch to voters this afternoon as the former front-runner faces the once unfathomable prospect of not even making it into the runoff election.
Traveling through the Bronx and across the Upper West Side, Mr. Quinn urged supporters to get to the polls, oddwews “yay!”s and hugs to Read More
Election Day: 2013apalooza
Anthony Weiner asked the Board of Elections to intervene today–so he could ensure the press got a good photo of him casting his ballot with his son on Election Day,
The former Congressman had been scheduled to vote at 9:30 a.m. at a Baruch College building not for from his Park Avenue South apartment. Instead, frantic staffers rushed in and out of the building, conferring with poll workers and making calls. There had been a “snafu,” with the Board of Elections, said Mr. Weiner’s spokeswoman, Barbara Morgan, who paced up and down the sidewalk outside of the building, tracked by two film-makers.
She represents continuity with the Bloomberg years; he says the city needs to reverse course. He’s been a constant thorn in the mayor’s side. She’s often stood by it.
But with less than 24 hours to go before the polls open, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio found themselves making their final pitches to undecided voters still torn between the two candidates.
Outside P.S. 333 on the Upper West Side, Ms. Quinn, the former front-runner, who is now fighting for a slot in the expected runoff, spent part of the morning greeting parents, including mom Ann Melinger, who stopped to ask Ms. Quinn about her number one issue: city public schools. After discussing the need to scale down the focus on testing and increase arts and music funding, Ms. Melinger asked Ms. Quinn to make her closing pitch.
The Tall Man Cometh
The question for Tuesday–at least according to the latest polls–is not whether Bill de Blasio will come in first, but whether he’ll face a runoff with Bill Thompson or Christine Quinn.
The city’s public advocate remains far ahead of his mayoral rivals a day before the primary, according to two new polls out last night and this morning. But one shows Mr. Thompson gaining steam.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio remains the decisive front-runner going into Tuesday’s primary, according to the latest poll.
The new WSJ-NBC 4 New York-Marist survey, released Sunday night, gives Mr. de Blasio 36 percent of the likely Democratic vote–slightly less than the 40 percent he would need to avoid a runoff with the second-place contender.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who dominated the polls early in the race, and former Comptroller Bill Thompson appear locked in a dead tie, with each earning 20 percent of the vote.
Pretty Fly (For a Tall Guy)
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio seems to have it in the bag.
With a commanding lead in the polls and palpable momentum, Mr. de Blasio was treated like a reigning champion as he embarked on a five-borough campaign tour today that sometimes felt like a victory lap, with less than a week to go before the primary.